10 New Year's Resolutions We All Need

10 New Year's Resolutions We All Need

Making positive life changes is important, but doing it for the right reasons is even more crucial.

A fresh new year--2018--is here and everyone is stressed about deciding on what their New Year's resolutions will be. Many people try to work out more, lose weight, eat healthier or be happier. But, the issue with most of these is not the idea itself, but the reason behind why we’re doing it. Oftentimes, people tackle resolutions to look more like the people on social media, please someone else or just because they think they, too, need a resolution. These reasons won't help you to stick to your goal because they aren’t things you want personally; they’re more intended to impress other people. So, you have to find resolutions that are meaningful to you. Here are a few ideas:

1. Make time for yourself.

We’re all guilty of saying "yes" to everything and spreading ourselves too thin. Say "no" a few times and start setting aside 10-15 minutes a day to relax and read a book, drink some tea, stretch or meditate. It will be good for you to decompress and de-stress. Take an extra few minutes in the shower to appreciate the warmth or maybe just sit in the car and sing along to the radio for an extra three minutes. Whatever makes you feel better, do that.

2. Drink more water.

Drinking water is a common resolution. But, where most people fall short is not making it easily accessible. Buy a water bottle or two and leave one on your desk or in your backpack. Leave another near the couch or car or somewhere you spend a lot of time. There are even apps that can remind you to drink more water and keep track of how much you’re drinking throughout the day.

3. Go to bed earlier.

I’m so guilty of staying up late scrolling through the Internet or e-mails on my phone. In all reality, I’d get an extra half hour or even an hour of sleep if I cut this out of my life. Not only will I get more sleep, but I’ll fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly with less blue-light exposure before bedtime.

4. Turn off excessive notifications.

Silence those apps that send you notifications that you ignore every day. There is no point in getting extra notifications and everytime my phone buzzes, I usually spend an extra few minutes clicking around on it when I could be doing something productive. As a blanket solution, you can even turn on "Do Not Disturb." Alarms still work and if someone really needs you, they’ll call you and they’ll at least call twice. That’s when your phone will start ringing.

5. Go outside more.

Living in MInnesota, many of us stay inside at all costs during the winter months. But going outside, getting a little sun and feeling a little bit of a painful breeze can be a great way to relax. To encourage myself to do this, I often take a quick ride to one of our hundreds of local parks. It’s so nice to get off campus and away from all of the noise for a little bit.

6. Pick up some trash.

Clean up clutter in your home, car or even on your street or local beach. Cleaning up trash will help you to declutter your mind and your surroundings, making you more calm and relaxed. And, cleaning up your local street, park or beach will make you feel really good.

7. Get a cute journal and use it.

Make lists and stop worrying so much about forgetting things. Write down your feelings or what happened that day or week. Maybe even start a bullet journal. Just write down things that you want to get out of your mind, whether it be a reminder or an emotion or thought.

8. Listen to new music.

Music speaks to everyone in so many different ways. But, the radio gets so boring playing the same five songs over and over again. Do yourself a favor and just start searching around the internet. Discover new songs you love and new songs you hate, share with friends or keep it to yourself. We all hear things differently and music affects us differently depending on how we feel or what we listen for. Find what you need and discover new things. It will feel pretty cool to share new songs with friends.

9. Tell the people you love that you love them more often.

We all need a reminder sometimes that someone cares and loves us. Remind your friends and family of it often. It will make you feel good and it will make them feel even better.

10. Remember what’s truly important in life.

Sometimes we all get so caught up in the mundane everyday tasks that we forget to make ourselves happy. Set goals and smash them. Make time to do what you really love and stop wasting time on what you don't. We’re all only here for such a short period of time; there truly is no time to waste being unhappy.

New Year's Resolutions can be stressful, but they can also be wonderful. Plan ahead and set yourself up for success. Create goals that matter to you. It’s really hard to change your life overnight, but with some planning, it can be easy to stick to new positive, happy changes. And, even if you didn't prepare for January 1, you can start your resolution in a week or a month. Whenever you're ready and feel set up for success. Go out in the world and make it a more beautiful and happy place; 2018 is waiting!

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Lose the one who wanted cause he's taking you for granted.

a letter I'll never send to the one I can't seem to let go of.

 My relationship of almost two years has been a beautiful whirlwind of spontaneous adventure, passion, and growth. My boyfriend and I spent months (previous to the relationship) becoming friends over our shared interest in music, binge-drinking, wandering, and adventure. Inevitably, this led to us falling in love by the time we started dating. The exciting period of experiencing new things together was incredible. Even as those experiences have turned into comfortable nights cuddled up together, things have developed in a way that has changed us both and made us understand how to care about someone else's happiness so much that it becomes in sync with your own. Add in stress of him dropping out of college to pursue his dreams of music, bills, full-time job, exhaustion and whatever else is in there and any request of mine to spend time together leads to an explosion of stress. I know that he wants to continue to be my boyfriend and he makes beautiful promises to me and thanks me for my patience and understanding. But I cannot remember the last time one of the promises came true and my sleep-deprived eyes can't seem to anticipate the disappointment anymore and not enough wine and adderall in the world can keep me from feeling hurt. The other night, after another failed attempt at re-sparking the passion, I lie next to him staring at the ceiling lost in my own thoughts. And even though it would stress him out too much to hear this and I would suddenly become the bad guy, I am hoping to feel some sort of relief from posting this letter/poem. 

Baby you don’t want me 

We don’t end up together 

I still love you I still want you 

But I’m so tired of putting forth all the effort and you still being to exhausted to even talk to me

Touch me 

Love me 

You can share your burden but now you share defensiveness and blame me for your reality.

I have done nothing but help you 

I cannot say the same for you.

Every beautiful lie you tell me doesn’t start out that way. You mean it when you say it and I can feel that and I fall for it every time 

But I am so tired of being disappointed


I am so tired of being a prop in your life that you can pick up when you want or store away. 

You are a person you have dreams you have needs you have wants 

I am a person I have dreams I have needs I have wants 

I have understanding I have love 

you pretend not to know how well I understand you because it is easier to blame me. 

Blame the crazy girlfriend with unrealistic expectations.

I have no expectations

You plant expectations with your words and promises and I get blamed for wishing them to be true. 

I still want to be in love with you 

There has never been a more fun time in my life than being love with you 

But do we inevitably end up apart? 

Can we rewrite what is “supposed to happen”? 

Maybe if it’s what we both want but I can’t want you into loving me 

Maybe I’ll just have to accept the feelings



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To the “people pleaser” 

You need to stop living in this never ending cycle of despair.

To the person who needs this,

Stop pleasing people, you don’t always have to be happy, or always have to be “on”. Eventually you will reach a breaking point. People aren’t going to not like you or not want to be around you if you don’t do something for them.

I too have fallen victim to this awful never ending cycle of despair. These past two years I’ve acted happy when in reality I just want to stay home and cry because I can’t please those people. To be quite honest with you I’ve lost myself these past two years.

I’ve asked myself “Why do people try so hard to please people?”, and it has never been answered. It’s like the meaning of life no one knows the answer to that, but we have a few theories. Everyone is different so that answer will be determined by that individual; as humans we like to give insight on things no one asked for our insight on. (like I am now)

So if you’re struggling with this, just remember people will judge you, break you down, and burn your life to the ground. Don’t look at it as you letting that person down or giving up, think of it as giving them a chance to take this as a learning opportunity. They have to learn how to problem solve and use tools they have to do so. 

Speak loudly, live boldly, love entirely!


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